As he entered the Assembly chambers to give his
final inaugural address on Monday, Gov. Jerry Brown — elected
to an unprecedented fourth term in November — was greeted by
boisterous applause from legislators and audience members. There's
little question Brown heads into his final term with a storehouse
of goodwill and political capital. Pundits who have debated how
Brown will spend that capital had their questions answered. He will
take two approaches ,writes Steven Greenhut, one somewhat
conservative and the other more radical. The governor
says he will keep the lid on government spending and long-term
fiscal liabilities, while pursuing an ambitious climate-change
agenda designed to slash the state's "carbon pollution" footprint
and prod the rest of the world into following suit.
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WASHINGTON — President Obama will ignore angry protests from
Republicans and announce as soon as next week a broad overhaul of
the nation’s immigration enforcement system that will protect up to
five million undocumented immigrants from the threat of deportation
and provide many of them with work permits, according to
administration officials who have direct knowledge of the plan.
The government is getting near-daily reports — and sometimes two
or three a day — of drones flying near airplanes and helicopters or
close to airports without permission, federal and industry
officials tell The Associated Press. It's a sharp increase from
just two years ago when such reports were still unusual.
Many of the reports are filed with the Federal Aviation
Administration by airline pilots. But other pilots, airport
officials and local authorities often file reports as well, said
the officials, who agreed to discuss the matter only on the
condition that they not be named because they weren't authorized to
speak publicly. Michael Toscano, president of a drone industry
trade group, said FAA officials also have verified the increase to
While many of the reports are unconfirmed, raising the
possibility that pilots may have mistaken a bird or another plane
in the distance for a drone, the officials said other reports
appear to be credible.
Obama and President Xi Jinping promoted the virtues
of cooperation between China and the United States on Wednesday,
drawing an unusually productive state visit to a close with a news
conference that nevertheless laid bare stubborn differences over
issues like the Hong Kong pro-democracy demonstrations and press
Announcing a landmark
agreement to confront climate change, Mr. Obama and Mr. Xi both
portrayed it as an example of how the world’s two largest economies
could collaborate on the world’s most pressing problems, even as
they compete in many other areas.
“When China and the U.S. work together, we can become an anchor
of world stability and a propeller of world peace,” Mr. Xi said.
Mr. Obama echoed that sentiment, calling the climate
change agreement a milestone in the countries’ relations that
“shows what’s possible when we work together on an urgent global
But it was the differences that were cast in sharp relief during
a rare question-and-answer session after the presidents delivered
their statements. During the planning for Mr. Obama’s visit, the
White House had lobbied intensively for reporters’ questions to be
taken, and the Chinese authorities relented only a day before the
leaders stood together in the Great Hall of the People.
The U.S. capital marked Veterans Day on Tuesday with ceremonies
at Arlington National Cemetery where Vice President Joe Biden said
the 23 million U.S. veterans were the backbone of the nation.
The commemoration at Arlington, where more than 40,000 military
personnel and their families are buried, was part of events that
include a giant concert in Washington featuring such stars as Bruce
Springsteen and Rihanna.
A bugler played "Taps" after Biden laid a wreath at Arlington's
Tomb of the Unknowns. Biden later told hundreds of onlookers, many
of them veterans, that their service had made them "the most tested
of all Americans."
For a long time the received wisdom about net neutrality, for
those who tried to talk about it in so-called mainstream venues,
went as follows: First, the average person did not know what
it was and, if told, would be so bored that he would be physically
unable to continue the conversation. Second, the only way
around this was with some kind of unwieldy metaphor, preferably one
that required a video animation of trucks and packages and sad
stick figures sitting in houses waiting for those trucks. Here
are just a few examples of what I mean.
And now Ted Cruz has gone and proved them right.
“Net neutrality is Obamacare for the Internet,” he tweeted
Monday, after President Obama came out in favor of forceful net
neutrality measures, urging the FCC to treat Internet service
providers as common carriers. “The Internet should not operate at
the speed of government.”